Quinta Brunson on ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ and internet fame

Quinta Brunson, who rose to fame through social media comedy, discusses why HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show” is “groundbreaking.” She also looks back on her viral “He Got Money” skit. (Sept. 5)

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8Chan: Hate and the Internet (Trailer) | VICE News Tonight on HBO Special Report

How did 8chan become a place where nazis thrive, mass shooters post their manifestos, and users celebrate those shooters in real-time?

On a VICE News Tonight special report, Elle Reeve meets the man who created it. He says “it should never come back.”

Watch it tonight at 7:30 PM EST on HBO.

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Escaping The Kingdom | VICE News Special Report (Trailer)

Two Saudi sisters fled from their family while on vacation in June. They went into hiding, fearing their father could have them sent back. We were with them as they tried to complete their daring escape.

Watch Escaping The Kingdom. Friday at 7:30 PM EST on HBO.

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Roxane Gay’s Book Club: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Here’s some amazing news: Roxane Gay has a book club.

This time, we’re talking Colson Whitehead’s new book “The Nickel Boys” with Mira Jacob, Mike Eagle and Debbie Millman

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The Storming of Hong Kong’s Parliament (HBO)

Hong Kong authorities declared their ransacked halls of government “a big crime scene” Tuesday, as they began the process of investigating and repairing the damage caused by Monday’s protests. But for the city’s pro-democracy movement, the response to Monday’s unprecedented storming of the government headquarters looks a lot messier.

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Inside NYC’s Pride March — And The Movements Pushing Back (HBO)

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Black Students In Virginia Spent Months Archiving Images Of White People In Blackface (HBO)

After a few months of searching through Virginia yearbooks for people in blackface, a group of students had cataloged over 380 examples of offensive images and words — ranging from the less-surprising in the 1920s to the ’70s.

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The Case for Reparations Goes To Congress (HBO)

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Danny Glover testified about reparations in Washington on Juneteeth and debated whether we should just cut checks to the descendants of slaves or invest in social services that help them.

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Louisiana Is Getting an Unlimited Supply of a $24K Hep C Cure (HBO)

Louisiana has struck a deal to improve access to a Hepatitis C cure so expensive that some people only acquire the drug once they already have liver damage.

Gilead Sciences, the owner of Hepatitis C cure Epclusa, will now provide an unlimited supply of the generic version of the drug to people covered by Medicaid and in Louisiana’s state prisons. Asegua, a subsidiary of Gilead making the generic, will supply the drugs.

The list price of Epclusa is $74,760; the generic is priced at $24,000. Medicaid receives a discount price, but in many states, including Louisiana, Medicaid only approves the treatment after Hepatitis C causes severe liver damage because of its astronomical cost.

Under the deal, dubbed the “Netflix model,” Louisiana will pay for the Hep C cure up to a negotiated spending cap in exchange for an unlimited supply of the drug over five years. The state will then receive a rebate from Gilead for all its expenses above that cap.

The Louisiana Department of Health first chose Gilead as a partner for the deal back in March, after three drug companies submitted proposals to the state. Since then, negotiations stalled, to the point that the agreement nearly fell through entirely. But this week, the deal closed, Louisiana Secretary of Health Rebekah Gee confirmed to VICE News.

Gee said she hoped to not spend more than $30 million — the cost of treating only 326 people last year, according to the state’s Department of Health. The pricing cap won’t be announced until next week, but Gee told VICE News that Gilead agreed to a higher amount than that. Louisiana will hold an official signing on the deal next week, according to Gee.

“We need to get our money’s worth,” Gee said. “Our goal is 10,000 [treated people] next year, but we’ll have to hit a lot less than that to make it work.”

Gee estimated that around 40,000 people in Louisiana suffer from Hepatitis C, a chronic liver disease spread through blood. It’s the most widespread infectious disease in the U.S. The CDC estimates 2.4 million people in the U.S. were living with Hep C in 2016, the latest year with data available.

Louisiana hopes to use the deal to attempt to eliminate the disease entirely.

As Hep C most commonly spreads through shared needles, the opioid epidemic has only made its prevalence worse. The CDC estimates that 41,200 people were infected in 2016.

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Why Hong Kong Won’t Back Down (HBO)

An estimated two million Hong Kongers marched on Sunday — rejecting their Chief Executives apology regarding a now-delayed extradition bill and police violence.

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